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Slaughter and May

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Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong, London

Sara Luder

Work 020 7600 1200
Slaughter and May

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Partner and head of the firm’s tax practice, specialising in all areas of non-contentious and contentious corporate tax with particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance as well as asset and structured financings.


Articled Denton Hall; qualified 1991; joined Slaughter and May 1992; partner 1998.


James Allen’s Girls’ School, Dulwich; Trinity College, Cambridge (1987 BA); Queen Mary College, London (1988 LLM).

London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax

Within: Leading individuals

Sara Luder - Slaughter and May

Within: Corporate tax

Slaughter and May's 'high quality' team provides 'very commercial' advice to clients on the taxation aspects of large corporate and fund-related transactions. The firm also has a well-developed tax advisory practice which draws on the 'excellent technical and practical knowledge' within the group. Practice head Sara Luder advised Michael Kors Holdings in relation to its £896m recommended cash offer for Jimmy Choo, including the tax implications of its particular financial and FX structure. With 'an eye on the big picture', Gareth Miles assisted Standard life on the recommended all-share merger with Aberdeen Asset Management. William Watson is noted for his 'commitment to delivery' and recently advised Land Securities on the return to shareholders of proceeds from the £475m disposal of its 50% interest in the Walkie Talkie building in the City of London; a matter that involved an innovative share scheme. 'Fabulous technical specialist' Mike Lane is recommended for the 'great insight and superb advice' he provides on complex issues, whilst Steve Edge stands out for the breadth of his tax consultancy practice. Jeanette Zaman and Tony Beare retired at the end of 2017.

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London: Risk advisory


Within: Brexit

Slaughter and May has a dedicated partner-led Brexit working group, which is chaired by Jeff Twentyman, and operates as a fully-coordinated, multidisciplinary service for clients and industry bodies. As part of its offering, the firm has significant involvement in client events and industry initiatives across numerous sectors (including financial services) in order to provide thought-leadership on the multitude of issues that are likely to arise from Brexit. Richard de Carle and Stephen Powell assisted with preparing a major publication by the firm on the WTO rules, which is now in its second edition. Powell is also the co-chair of a working group set up in 2017 by the Financial Markets Law Committee to consider the WTO regime. Competition partner Anna Lyle-Smythe is on the steering committee of the UK Legal Forum, and is also a key contributor to a number of competition law working groups examining the implications of Brexit on competition law and state aid. Ian Johnson, who heads up the restructuring and insolvency practice, is a member of the City of London Law Society and Law Society working groups, which are considering the insolvency aspects of Brexit. In terms of core legal advice to clients, in the financial services sector, a cross-practice team including Oliver Wareham, Craig Cleaver, Rob Sumroy and Nick Bonsall provides ongoing assistance to EU-headquartered general insurer Zurich Insurance Plc with its Brexit planning and associated regulatory issues; a major element of the work has centred around the client's application to the UK regulators, the PRA and FCA, for full third country authorisation of its UK branch post-Brexit. Elsewhere, other areas of sector expertise include aviation, energy, retail and telecoms. Sara Luder, Ben Kingsley, Jan Putnis, Jonathan Marks and William Turtle are other contacts. 

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